1978 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF)

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Listed below are the dates and results for the 1978 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for the African zone (CAF). For an overview of the qualification rounds, see the article 1978 FIFA World Cup qualification.

A total of 26 CAF teams entered the competition. The African Zone was allocated 1 place (out of 16) in the final tournament.

There would be five rounds of play:

  • Preliminary Round, First Round, Second Round and Third Round: In each of these rounds, the teams were paired up to play knockout matches on a home-and-away basis. The winners would advance to the next round, until there would be 3 teams left.
  • Final Round: The 3 teams would play against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winner would qualify.

Preliminary round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Sierra Leone  6–3  Niger 5–1 1–2
Upper Volta  3–1  Mauritania 1–1 2–0

Sierra Leone advanced to the First Round.


Upper Volta advanced to the First Round.

First round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg 3rd leg
Algeria  1–0  Libya 1–0 0–0
Morocco  2–2 (2–4 p)  Tunisia 1–1 1–1
Togo  2–1  Senegal 1–0 1–1
Ghana  3–5  Guinea 2–1 1–2 0–2
Sierra Leone  2–6  Nigeria 0–0 2–6
Congo-Brazzaville  4–2  Cameroon 2–2 2–0
Upper Volta  1–3  Ivory Coast 1–1 0–2
Egypt  5–1  Ethiopia 3–0 2–1
Zambia  5–0  Malawi 4–0 1–0
Zaire  w/o  Central African Republic
Kenya  w/o  Sudan
Uganda  w/o  Tanzania

Algeria advanced to the Second Round.


The aggregate score was tied 2–2, but Tunisia won 4–2 on penalties in the second leg to advance to the Second Round.


Togo advanced to the Second Round.


The aggregate score was tied 3–3, and a play-off on neutral ground was played to decide who would advance to the Second Round.

Guinea advanced to the Second Round, via the play-off.


Nigeria advanced to the Second Round.


Congo-Brazzaville advanced to the Second Round.


Côte d'Ivoire advanced to the Second Round.


Egypt advanced to the Second Round.


Zambia advanced to the Second Round.


Central African Republic withdrew, so Zaire advanced to the Second Round automatically.


Sudan withdrew, so Kenya advanced to the Second Round automatically.


Tanzania withdrew, so Uganda advanced to the Second Round automatically.

Second round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Tunisia  3–1  Algeria 2–0 1–1
Togo  1–4  Guinea 0–2 1–2
Ivory Coast  6–3  Congo-Brazzaville 3–2 3–1
Kenya  0–1  Egypt 0–0 0–1
Uganda  3–4  Zambia 1–0 2–4 (aet)
Nigeria  w/o  Zaire

Tunisia advanced to the Third Round.


Guinea advanced to the Third Round.


Ivory Coast advanced to the Third Round.


Egypt advanced to the Third Round.


Zambia advanced to the Third Round.


Zaire withdrew, so Nigeria advanced to the Third Round automatically.

Third round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Guinea  2–3  Tunisia 1–0 1–3
Nigeria  6–2  Ivory Coast 4–0 2–2
Egypt  2–0  Zambia 2–0 0–0

Tunisia advanced to the Final Round.


Nigeria advanced to the Final Round.


Egypt advanced to the Final Round.

Final round[edit]

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Tunisia 5 4 2 1 1 7 4 +3
2  Egypt 4 4 2 0 2 7 11 −4
3  Nigeria 3 4 1 1 2 5 4 +1





Tunisia qualified.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The second leg was abandoned in the 82nd minute due to riots, and subsequently FIFA awarded a 2–0 victory to Congo.

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